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Isle sonante, L'.

Isle sonante, L'

(The Ringing Island, 1562) The title of the first edition of sixteen chapters of what is now known as Book V of Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel. Ringing Island, which is the first of several islands visited by Pantagruel and his friends, is inhabited by variously colored birds named cardinjays, priestjays, etc., and one popejay, " unique in his species. " Birds of passage who had migrated to the island from Nobreadland and Alltoomany, they pass their time in sumptuous living, warbling to the ringing of bells. The episode of these lucky folk who enjoy paradise " both in this world and the next " is a transparent satire on the luxurious living of the Roman Catholic clergy, who thus lured into their ranks many social outcasts and poverty - stricken people.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, 3rd ed.
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Date:Jan 1, 1987
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